[tor-relays] Proper bandwidth units [was: Exit nodes on Gandi]

Roger Dingledine arma at mit.edu
Mon Nov 18 05:26:32 UTC 2013

On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 12:14:15AM -0500, grarpamp wrote:
> People, can we please mind using the proper units.
> I know Tor doesn't make it easy because Tor itself incorrectly
> uses Bytes. But Tor is a network application, and real network
> apps are measured in 'bits per second'

I understand your perspective, but Tor is an overlay application just
like bittorrent. Tor moves bytes around. It happens that it moves the
bytes over the network, so I can see why you would call it a network
application. But by your definition I claim it is not. :)

That said, yes, always say the whole unit. Do not assume that anybody
knows what you mean when you say 'b'. No matter what you mean, there
will always be somebody who is certain of what you mean yet is wrong.


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